World’s Largest Petroleum Companies Call Youth’s Landmark Climate Lawsuit “a Direct Threat to [Their] Businesses”

2015 Federal Lawsuit

21 young people from across the United States have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Also acting as a Plaintiff is world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, serving as guardian for future generations and his granddaughter. The Complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

The Complaint alleges the Federal Government is violating the youth’s constitutional rights by promoting the development and use of fossil fuels. These young Plaintiffs are challenging the federal government’s national fossil fuel programs, as well as the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, OR. Plaintiffs seek to hold President Obama and various federal agencies responsible for continued fossil fuel exploitation. The Federal Government has known for decades that fossil fuels are destroying the climate system. No less important than in the Civil Rights cases, Plaintiffs seek a court order requiring the President to immediately implement a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (“CO2”) to a safe level: 350 ppm by the year 2100.

Meet the Youth Plaintiffs!
Click here for a summary of the complaint.

Dr. James Hansen, guardian for Future Generations, with his granddaughter and Youth Plaintiff, Sophie.

Legal Updates:

November 12, 2015

World’s Largest Petroleum Companies Call Youth’s Landmark Climate Lawsuit “a Direct Threat to [Their] Businesses”

Motion to Intervene Aligns Fossil Fuel Industry with President Obama and the U.S. Government Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

Youth’s landmark climate lawsuit against the Federal Government just got the attention of the powerful Fossil Fuel Industry. Today, nearly every oil and gas company in the world asked for permission to oppose the landmark climate lawsuit brought against President Obama and the federal government by America’s youth and Dr. James E. Hansen — as guardian for future generations. In an unusual step, the immense fossil fuel industry trade groups all filed pleadings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon seeking to join the lawsuit side by side with President Obama to protect their companies’ interests.

The proposed interveners constitute a veritable who’s who of major corporate polluters, including the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (representing members Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell, Koch Industries, and virtually all other U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers), the American Petroleum Institute (representing 625 oil and natural gas companies), and the National Association of Manufacturers.

“Big Oil is starting to lose control of our political system.” declared Alex Loznak, a youth plaintiff in the case from Oregon. “Last week, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, and New York State began to investigate Exxon’s cover-up of climate science. The intervention of fossil fuel companies in our lawsuit against the Federal Government makes it clear that the industry is scared. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The fight has begun, and we will win.”

“Seeing giant fossil fuel corporations inject themselves into this case, which is about our future, really demonstrates the problem we are trying to fix,” stated Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez of Earth Guardians, a youth plaintiff in the case from Colorado. “The Federal government has been making decisions in the best interest of multinational corporations and their profits, but not in the best interest of my generation and those to come. Instead of changing their business model to meet the scientific reality of climate change, these companies are demanding we adapt to an uninhabitable world that supports their profits. When you compare the two, I think it’s clear that our right to clean air and a healthy atmosphere, is more important than their “need” to make money off destroying our future.”

Read the press release.

August 12, 2015, International Youth Day

America’s Youth File Landmark Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government and President

Read the press release.
Read Youth Plaintiffs’ complaint.
Read Exhibit A to the complaint: an expert declaration from world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen.

Read Dr. James Hansen’s and other leading scientists’ articles that were attached to Dr. Hansen’s expert declaration:

Criminal Syndicates Are Driving Wildlife Crime Around the Globe

Corruption enables the trafficking in pangolins, elephants, rhinos, and other species.

Nov 19, 2015
John R. Platt


Earlier this month, customs officers in Guangdong province, China, came across a startling discovery on a boat trying to enter the country: 2,674 frozen pangolins, stuffed into boxes and awaiting illegal delivery.

Pangolins—eight species of scaly anteaters from Asia and Africa—have in recent years become the most heavily trafficked wildlife on the planet. Their meat is considered both a delicacy and a status symbol in China and other Asian countries, while their scales are highly valued in traditional medicine.

Most of the pangolin trade—like that in elephant ivory, rhino horns, and many other animal products—is driven not by individual poachers but by criminal syndicates that originate in Asia and extend their reach into some of the most important wildlife regions around the globe.

(See Pete Bethune and his team investigate the criminal syndicates—and put themselves directly in harm’s way—in this week’s episode of The Operatives, which airs on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Pivot, the television network owned by Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company. Join the Operatives on their missions and take action to protect all wildlife by clicking here.)

“These criminal syndicates are very fluid and adaptable,” said Charlotte Davies, crime analyst for the Environmental Investigation Agency in London. They often spend years and enormous amounts of money building networks of local criminals, middlemen, shipping routes, and other elements to enable trafficking of wildlife products. Each of these pieces can easily be shifted around to minimize risk. All of it is designed to shield the people at the top of the syndicates from detection and prosecution.

The trade is international, with poachers killing animals in one part of the world, middlemen shipping them to another (or through multiple nations), and syndicates selling them to consumers in various countries. “For example, there’s one syndicate in Laos that’s been linked to South Africa, Mozambique, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and China,” Davies said.

Many of the networks hide their crimes behind legal enterprises. An EIA investigation in Tanzania last year revealed that a syndicate was using the legal trade in sea cucumbers, themselves high-value products, as a cover for trafficking in elephant tusks.

This trade in multiple forms of wildlife is another aspect of the flexibility. Syndicates are set up to quickly shift from one species to another as supplies become available, said Vincent Nijman, a professor at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom who has studied the trade in pangolins, tigers, and other species. They may even smuggle pangolins one day while keeping their network busy by transporting legal products on other days.Wildlife traders have also often been linked to smuggling of other illegal products, such as drugs and firearms.

Orangutans Are Dying as Indonesia Burns

EIA’s investigations, and those of many other organizations, revealed that this trade is frequently enabled by corruption and bribery. Most recently the Kenyan port of Mombasa was identified as a major source of smuggled ivory. Despite the rampant crime linked to the city, no smugglers have been arrested in Mombasa for the past year and a half.

“The ability of these groups to corrupt law enforcement and officials undermines the rule of law in both the countries where the wildlife is sourced from and those it is smuggled through,” said Davies.

The trade also undermines local economies. “It’s a human rights issue,” she said. “There’s massive tourism potential from wildlife and forests.” That potential is destroyed as habitats are stripped of their native species.

Corruption is just one of the reasons so few of these syndicates have been stopped. “Speaking very generally, illegal wildlife crime hasn’t historically been a priority of any government,” Davies said. “There are some notorious syndicates or criminals, but if the agencies haven’t been prioritizing these crimes, then they wouldn’t have necessarily been identifying the people behind the trade.”

Davies said things are beginning to turn around. In 2013, President Barack Obama vowed to tackle wildlife crime, and other governments have followed his lead. “People are being investigated and arrested,” she said. “There’s tangible evidence of networks being disrupted.”

The challenge remains to target people beyond low-level poachers or couriers, who have the most risk of arrest but the least amount of responsibility for their crimes. “We need to identify the whole network, as well as the financiers,” Davies said.

The True Story Of Thanksgiving

The Massacre of the Pequot People on Thanksgiving 1637


Courtesy of Huffington Post
Posted: 11/25/2010

The idea of the American Thanksgiving feast is a fairly recent fiction. The idyllic partnership of 17th Century European Pilgrims and New England Indians sharing a celebratory meal appears to be less than 120 years-old. And it was only after the First World War that a version of such a Puritan-Indian partnership took hold in elementary schools across the American landscape. We can thank the invention of textbooks and their mass purchase by public schools for embedding this “Thanksgiving” image in our modern minds. It was, of course, a complete invention, a cleverly created slice of cultural propaganda, just another in a long line of inspired nationalistic myths.

The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians – men, women and children – all murdered.

This day is still remembered today, 373 years later. No, it’s been long forgotten by white people, by European Christians. But it is still fresh in the mind of many Indians. A group calling themselves the United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a stature of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone Pequot. They do not call it Thanksgiving. There is no football game afterward.

How then did our modern, festive Thanksgiving come to be? It began with the greatest of misunderstandings, a true clash of cultural values and fundamental principles. What are we thankful for if not – being here, living on this land, surviving and prospering? But in our thankfulness might we have overlooked something? Look what happened to the original residents who lived in the area of New York we have come to call Brooklyn. A group of them called Canarsees obligingly, perhaps even eagerly, accepted various pieces of pretty colored junk from the Dutchman Peter Minuet in 1626. These trinkets have long since been estimated to be worth no more than 60 Dutch guilders at the time – $24 dollars in modern American money. In exchange, the Canarsees “gave” Peter Minuet the island of Manhattan. What did they care? They were living in Brooklyn.

Of course, all things – especially commercial transactions – need to be viewed in perspective. The nearly two-dozen tribes of Native Americans living in the New York area in those days had a distinctly non-European concept of territorial rights. They were strangers to the idea of “real property.” It was common for one tribe to grant permission to another to hunt and fish nearby themselves on a regular basis. Fences, real and imagined, were not a part of their culture. Naturally, it was polite to ask before setting up operations too close to where others lived, but refusal in matters of this sort was considered rude. As a sign of gratitude, small trinkets were usually offered by the tribe seeking temporary admission and cheerfully accepted by those already there. It was clearly understood to be a sort of short-term rental arrangement. Sad to say, the unfortunate Canarsees apparently had no idea the Dutch meant to settle in. Worse yet for them, it must have been unthinkable that they would also be unwelcome in Manhattan after their deal. One thing we can be sure of. Their equivalent of today’s buyer’s remorse brought the Canarsees nothing but grief, humiliation and violence.

Many Indians lived on Long Island in those days. Another Dutchman, Adrian Block, was the first European to come upon them in 1619. Block was also eager to introduce European commercialism and the Christian concept of “real estate” to these unfortunate innocents. Without exception, these Indians too came out on the short end in their dealings with the Dutch.

The market savvy unleashed by the Europeans upon the Indians constituted the first land use policies in the New World. In the 17th Century it was not urban but rather rural renewal. The result was of course the same. People of color with no money to speak of got booted out and the neighborhood which was subsequently gentrified and overrun by white people.

Not far from Manhattan, one tribe of about 10,000 Indians lived peacefully in a lovely spot on a peninsula directly along the ocean. There they fished in the open sea and inland bay. They hunted across the pristine shoreline and they were quite happy until they met a man – another Dutchman – named Willem Kieft. He was the Governor of New Netherland in 1639. These poor bastards were called the Rechaweygh (pronounced Rockaway). Soon after meeting Governor Kieft, they became the very first of New York’s homeless.

The people of New Netherland had a lot in common with the people of Plymouth Colony. At least it appears so from the way both of these groups of displaced and dissatisfied Europeans interacted with the local Indians. The Pilgrims in Plymouth had a hard time for the first couple of years. While nature was no friend, their troubles were mostly their own doing. Poor planning was their downfall. These mostly city dwelling Europeans failed to include among them persons with the skills needed in settling the North American wilderness. Having reached the forests and fields of Massachusetts they turned out to be pathetic hunters and incompetent butchers. With game everywhere, they went hungry. First, they couldn’t catch and kill it. Then they couldn’t cut it up, prepare it, preserve it and create a storehouse for those days when fresh supplies would run low. To compensate for their shortage of essential protein they turned to their European ways and their Christian culture. They instituted a series of religious observances. They could not hunt or farm well, but they seemed skilled at praying.

They developed a taste for something both religious and useful. They called it a Day of Fasting. Without food it seemed like a good idea. From necessity, that single Day became multiple Days. As food supplies dwindled the Days of Fasting came in bunches. Each of these episodes was eventually and thankfully followed by a meal. Appropriately enough, the Puritans credited God for this good fortune. They referred to the fact they were allowed to eat again as a “Thanksgiving.” And they wrote it down. Thus, the first mention of the word – “Thanksgiving.” Let there be no mistake here. On that first Thanksgiving there was no turkey, no corn, no cranberries, no stuffing. And no dessert. Those fortunate Pilgrims were lucky to get a piece of fish and a potato. All things considered, it was a Thanksgiving feast.

Did the Pilgrims share their Thanksgiving meal with the local Indians, the Wampanoag and Pequot? No. That never happened. That is, until its inclusion in the “Thanksgiving Story” in 1890.

Let the Wampanoag be a lesson to us especially in these troubled economic times. These particular Indians, with a bent for colorful jewelry, had their tribal name altered slightly by the Dutch, who then used it as a reference for all Indian payments. Hence, wampum. Contrary to what we’ve been shown in our Western movies, this word – wampum – and its economic meaning never made it out of New England.

Unlike wampum, Thanksgiving Day has indeed spread across the continent. It would serve us well to remember that it wasn’t until the victorious colonial militia returned from their slaughter of the Pequot that the New Americans began their now time-honored and cherished Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your turkey.

Of the 600-700 mostly women and children in the fort, seven survived


Cooking the History Books: The Thanksgiving Massacre, Is All That Turkey and Stuffing a Celebration of Genocide?

November 22, 2009 by

By Laura Elliff, Vice President, Native American Student Association

Thanksgiving is a holiday where families gather to share stories, football games are watched on television and a big feast is served. It is also the time of the month when people talk about Native Americans. But does one ever wonder why we celebrate this national holiday? Why does everyone give thanks?

History is never simple. The standard history of Thanksgiving tells us that the “Pilgrims and Indians” feasted for three days, right? Most Americans believe that there was some magnificent bountiful harvest. In the Thanksgiving story, are the “Indians” even acknowledged by a tribe? No, because everyone assumes “Indians” are the same. So, who were these Indians in 1621?

In 1620, Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower naming the land Plymouth Rock. One fact that is always hidden is that the village was already named Patuxet and the Wampanoag Indians lived there for thousands of years. To many Americans, Plymouth Rock is a symbol. Sad but true many people assume, “It is the rock on which our nation began.” In 1621, Pilgrims did have a feast but it was not repeated years thereafter. So, it wasn’t the beginning of a Thanksgiving tradition nor did Pilgrims call it a Thanksgiving feast. Pilgrims perceived Indians in relation to the Devil and the only reason why they were invited to that feast was for the purpose of negotiating a treaty that would secure the lands for the Pilgrims. The reason why we have so many myths about Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It is based more on fiction than fact.

So, what truth ought to be taught? In 1637, the official Thanksgiving holiday we know today came into existence. (Some people argue it formally came into existence during the Civil War, in 1863, when President Lincoln proclaimed it, which also was the same year he had 38 Sioux hung on Christmas Eve.) William Newell, a Penobscot Indian and former chair of the anthropology department of the University of Connecticut, claims that the first Thanksgiving was not “a festive gathering of Indians and Pilgrims, but rather a celebration of the massacre of 700 Pequot men, women and children.” In 1637, the Pequot tribe of Connecticut gathered for the annual Green Corn Dance ceremony. Mercenaries of the English and Dutch attacked and surrounded the village; burning down everything and shooting whomever try to escape. The next day, Newell notes, the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony declared: “A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children.” It was signed into law that, “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.” Most Americans believe Thanksgiving was this wonderful dinner and harvest celebration. The truth is the “Thanksgiving dinner” was invented both to instill a false pride in Americans and to cover up the massacre.

Was Thanksgiving really a massacre of 700 “Indians”? The present Thanksgiving may be a mixture of the 1621 three-day feast and the “Thanksgiving” proclaimed after the 1637 Pequot massacre. So next time you see the annual “Pilgrim and Indian display” in a shopping window or history about other massacres of Native Americans, think of the hurt and disrespect Native Americans feel. Thanksgiving is observed as a day of sorrow rather than a celebration. This year at Thanksgiving dinner, ponder why you are giving thanks.

William Bradford, in his famous History of the Plymouth Plantation, celebrated the Pequot massacre:

“Those that scraped the fire were slaine with the sword; some hewed to peeces, others rune throw with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatchte, and very few escapted. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fyer, and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stincke and sente there of, but the victory seemed a sweete sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to inclose their enemise in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enimie.”

The Pequot massacre came after the colonists, angry at the murder of an English trader suspected by the Pequots of kidnapping children, sought revenge. rather than fighting the dangerous Pequot warriors, John Mason and John Underhill led a group of colonists and Native allies to the Indian fort in Mystic, and killed the old men, women, and children who were there. Those who escaped were later hunted down. The Pequot tribe numbered 8,000 when the Pilgrims arrived, but disease had brought their numbers down to 1,500 by 1637. The Pequot “War” killed all but a handful of remaining members of the tribe.

Proud of their accomplishments, Underhill wrote a book (above) depicted the burning of the village, and even made an illustration (below) showing how they surrounded the village to kill all within it.

– John K. Wilson

Note: In the article above, there wasn’t a book by Underhill or an illustration showing how the villages were surrounded.

Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians

Published Nov 24, 2008 9:19 PM

Following are excerpts from a statement written by Mahtowin Munro (Lakota) and Moonanum James (Wampanoag), co-leaders of United American Indians of New England. Read the entire statement at

Mahtowin Munro

Every year since 1970, United American Indians of New England have organized the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, hundreds of Native people and our supporters from all four directions join us. Every year, including this year, Native people from throughout the Americas will speak the truth about our history and about current issues and struggles we are involved in.

Why do hundreds of people stand out in the cold rather than sit home eating turkey and watching football? Do we have something against a harvest festival?

Moonanum James

Of course not. But Thanksgiving in this country—and in particular in Plymouth—is much more than a harvest home festival. It is a celebration of pilgrim mythology.

According to this mythology, the pilgrims arrived, the Native people fed them and welcomed them, the Indians promptly faded into the background, and everyone lived happily ever after.

The pilgrims are glorified and mythologized because the circumstances of the first English-speaking colony in Jamestown were frankly too ugly (for example, they turned to cannibalism to survive) to hold up as an effective national myth.

The pilgrims did not find an empty land any more than Columbus “discovered” anything. Every inch of this land is Indian land. The pilgrims (who did not even call themselves pilgrims) did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland.

Leonard Peltier

They came here as part of a commercial venture. They introduced sexism, racism, anti-lesbian and -gay bigotry, jails and the class system to these shores. One of the very first things they did when they arrived on Cape Cod—before they even made it to Plymouth—was to rob Wampanoag graves at Corn Hill and steal as much of the Indians’ winter provisions of corn and beans as they were able to carry.

They were no better than any other group of Europeans when it came to their treatment of the Indigenous peoples here. And, no, they did not even land at that sacred shrine called Plymouth Rock, a monument to racism and oppression which we are proud to say we buried in 1995.

The first official “Day of Thanksgiving” was proclaimed in 1637 by Governor Winthrop. He did so to celebrate the safe return of men from the Massachusetts Bay Colony who had gone to Mystic, Conn., to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot women, children and men.

About the only true thing in the whole mythology is that these pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in “New England” were it not for the aid of Wampanoag people. What Native people got in return for this help was genocide, theft of our lands and never-ending repression. We are either treated as quaint relics from the past or are, to most people, virtually invisible.

When we dare to stand up for our rights, we are considered unreasonable. When we speak the truth about the history of the European invasion, we are often told to “go back where we came from.” Our roots are right here. They do not extend across any ocean.

National Day of Mourning began in 1970 when a Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, was asked to speak at a state dinner celebrating the 350th anniversary of the pilgrim landing. He refused to speak false words in praise of the white man for bringing civilization to us poor heathens. Native people from throughout the Americas came to Plymouth where they mourned their forebears who had been sold into slavery, burned alive, massacred, cheated and mistreated since the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620.

But the commemoration of National Day of Mourning goes far beyond the circumstances of 1970.

Can we give thanks as we remember Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier, who was framed up by the FBI and has been falsely imprisoned since 1976? Despite mountains of evidence exonerating Peltier and the proven misconduct of federal prosecutors and the FBI, Peltier has been denied a new trial.

To Native people, the case of Peltier is one more ordeal in a litany of wrongdoings committed by the U.S. government against us. While the media in New England present images of the “Pequot miracle” in Connecticut, the vast majority of Native people continue to live in the most abysmal poverty.

Can we give thanks for the fact that, on many reservations, unemployment rates surpass 50 percent? Our life expectancies are much lower, our infant mortality and teen suicide rates much higher than those of white Americans. Racist stereotypes of Native people, such as those perpetuated by the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves and countless local and national sports teams, persist. Every single one of the more than 350 treaties that Native nations signed has been broken by the U.S. government. The bipartisan budget cuts have severely reduced educational opportunities for Native youth and the development of new housing on reservations, and have caused cause deadly cutbacks in healthcare and other necessary services.

Are we to give thanks for being treated as unwelcome in our own country?

When the descendants of the Aztec, Maya and Inca flee to the U.S., the descendants of the wash-ashore pilgrims term them “illegal aliens” and hunt them down.

We object to the “Pilgrim Progress” parade and to what goes on in Plymouth because they are making millions of tourist dollars every year from the false pilgrim mythology. That money is being made off the backs of our slaughtered Indigenous ancestors.

Increasing numbers of people are seeking alternatives to such holidays as Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. They are coming to the conclusion that if we are ever to achieve some sense of community, we must first face the truth about the history of this country and the toll that history has taken on the lives of millions of Indigenous, Black, Latin@, Asian, and poor and working-class white people.

The myth of Thanksgiving, served up with dollops of European superiority and manifest destiny, just does not work for many people in this country. As Malcolm X once said about the African-American experience in America, “We did not land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us.” Exactly.

Two Forest Rangers Pay the Ultimate Price for China’s Demand for Rare Wood

The men were murdered shortly after busting an illegal logging site in Cambodia.

(Photo: Yvan Cohen/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Nov 17, 2015

It is a familiar story in Southeast Asia. In truth, it has become a familiar story almost everywhere: China’s vast appetite for luxury items was the underlying cause of last week’s execution-style killing of two government conservation workers in Cambodia.

Sieng Darong, a 47-year-old forest ranger, and Sab Yoh, a 29-year-old police officer, were murdered as they slept on Nov. 7, shot with AK-47-style heavy weapons. A third member of the team survived with injuries, and a fourth escaped. The killings happened shortly after the team confiscated chain saws at an illegal logging site in northwestern Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Protected Forest.

Investigators have arrested six soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces on charges of illegal logging in the incident. One of the six has already been jailed to serve a prior sentence of 10 years in prison on an armed robbery conviction. But so far, no formal murder charges have been filed, nor has anyone above the level of foot soldier been implicated in the case.

The killings happened in an area heavily affected by the illegal trade in rosewood (also known as hongmu), a rare precious wood prized in the Chinese luxury market for ornately carved beds and other status symbols. In a comment on the killings, an Environmental Investigation Agency campaigner noted that “China is the global center of hongmu demand and its log imports in 2014 were the highest on record, topping $2 billion in value, with Cambodia the fifth largest contributor to this industry.”

The two murder victims in the current case were associated with the New York–based Wildlife Conservation Society. In a statement Ross Sinclair, director of WCS Cambodia, said that organization was “encouraged by the swift action by local authorities.” He also praised the Cambodian government “for assigning high-level investigators to this case.” But he added, “We are committed to ensure that the murders of Darong and Yoh are honored by the prosecution of those who killed them and by working to ensure the illegal logging networks are dismantled and the forests and wildlife are protected.”

Forest ranger Sieng Darong (left) and police officer Sab Yoh with a confiscated chain saw hours before their murders on Nov. 7. (Photo: EIA)

That will be harder than it sounds. Cambodia has one of the worst overall deforestation rates in the world, according to a 2014 report from the University of Maryland. That didn’t even count the trade in rosewood, which is harder to detect by satellite. But that trade is lucrative, largely illegal, and made possible only by widespread official collaboration. A report early this year from Global Witness, another investigative organization, linked Cambodian rosewood exports to officials in the military and at the highest levels of government, including key allies and advisers of longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen.

In the normal order, the murder investigation would probably fade away when international attention inevitably shifts elsewhere. But “the interesting thing about this case is…suddenly it’s Cambodian military versus Cambodian police,” said one observer on the scene. “They can no longer blame this on activists. This is premeditated violence within their own ranks. The Cambodia police are very unhappy with the Cambodian military, and that ups the stakes considerably.” The case may thus be “working its way up the chain. There are people who don’t want to let it lie, because of what was done.”

One sign of that determination: In the aftermath of the killing, conservation groups issued a joint statement expressing their alarm and concern, which by itself would be business as usual. The statement declared that “this heinous crime highlights the importance of a strong collaboration between conservation NGOs, their community partners and the government to empower law enforcement officials and rangers in their important mission to fight against illegal activities that destroy the country’s natural capital.” But in a remarkable show of unity, the director general of Cambodia’s Forestry Administration has posted that statement on his agency’s website.

Meanwhile, the hunger for luxury continues to drive the seemingly unstoppable demand for rosewood objects in China. The Global Witness report urged China to impose a ban on illegal timber imports. But there is very little evidence that China gives a damn, any more than it does about tigers, elephants, rhinos, pangolins, or a host of imperiled species. We can hope, perhaps, that the ghosts of Darong and Yoh—husbands, fathers, honest defenders of the natural world—will haunt the buyers as they lie in those delicately carved rosewood beds.

U.S. puts an end to all experiments on chimps: After decades of testing, agency says 50 remaining chimps will be retired to a sanctuary.

Note: It’s such an honor to publish this news, humanity is making real progress in the way we treat non-human, sentient BEings.

Video Warning: Tissues are highly recommended  <3

By: John Donovan

November 19, 2015

A chimpanzee takes a moment for himself

Chimpanzees are the primate most closely related to humans, sharing about 99 percent of our DNA. (Photo: John/flickr)

The National Institutes of Health is shuttering its chimpanzee research program after decades of experimentation and research that has put animal rights activists and scientists at odds.

Two years after sending more than 300 of its research champs into retirement, the NIH said on Wednesday that it will place the final 50 chimps into sanctuary. The move puts an end to government-led experiments on chimpanzees, the primate most closely related to humans. Chimp DNA is nearly 99 percent identical to human DNA.

“It’s time to say we’ve reached the point in the U.S. where invasive research on chimpanzees is no longer something that makes sense,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, told the Associated Press.

The news was heralded by animal rights groups. “We really see the [NIH] closing and locking the door behind the chimps and throwing away the key on their way out of the laboratories,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, wrote in a blog post.

RELATED: 9 of the smartest animals on Earth

The NIH first established primate research facilities in 1960. But in the past few years, under increasing outside pressure, the agency had scaled back its work. In 2013, the NIH retired all but 50 chimps, hanging on to them in case they were needed for some essential research.

But in the past nearly three years, not a single request for research on a chimp has been made. “[W]e have moved on from the time when research on chimpanzees was considered essential,” Collins told the journal Nature.

Wednesday’s news did not come without some backlash. Some scientists working on a vaccine to protect chimps in the wild from the Ebola virus decried the decision. Others wondered if some future health crisis would be worsened without chimps available for testing.

The final decision by the NIH was not made without some arm-twisting and years of bureaucratic machinations. The NIH asked the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) to look at the need for chimp research back in 2010, and the IOM came back with a report in 2011 that determined most of it was unnecessary. That led to the retirement of hundreds of chimps in 2013.

Then in June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service classified captive chimps in the U.S. as an endangered species, so any experiments on the remaining 50 chimps would have had to been OK’d by that agency.

Now, the NIH will spend the next couple of years relocating the chimps from facilities in Texas. Most, if not all of them, will end up in a 200-acre federal chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana, called Chimp Haven. (If you haven’t watched the video below of chimps exploring their new environment at Chimp Haven — literally stepping on grass and seeing the sky for the first time in their lives — it’s worth a watch.)

The 50 chimps, now housed in facilities throughout Texas, are not the only ones that will eventually need homes. More than 150 other chimps, supported by the NIH but not owned by the government, will need to be relocated, according to Nature. And there are more chimps out there that need a home, the Humane Society’s Pacelle said in his blog post.

“Approximately 700 chimpanzees remain in laboratories with around 300 owned by the federal government.” he wrote. “But we are working on travel plans for every one of them … The HSUS stands ready to work with stakeholders, including the government, Chimp Haven and other sanctuaries, laboratories, the public, and other animal protection groups, to ensure all chimpanzees are retired to high-quality sanctuaries.”


This blog comes from all the articles so many of you sent me over the past week, concerning the shutdown of flights from Los Angeles International Airport (or LAX as it’s less-than-affectionately known) westward over the Pacific during the night. Now, in case you don’t know what all this is about, a few words of explanation are necessary in case you’ve never flown out of LAX. With prevailing winds from the west, most flights out of LAX in fact take off – regardless of their ultimate destination – west over the Pacific, and if they are eastbound, then turn east back over land to make for whatever destinattion they are headed for. Over the last week, the US military restricted the Pacific flight pattern as it claimed it was conducting military maneuvers, which issued, apparently, in  the offshore test-firing of the  SLBM(submarine-launched ballistic missile) Trident:

Secret military operations to divert LAX planes for a week

The US military says it was just a missile test.

However… many people were not convinced, and began to post YouTube videos showing something else may have been in play. Consider just this one(out of many):

In other videos of this sudden “blooming” of the alleged Trident missile, a strange low humming can be heard, immediately prior to the blooming, as in this example that was being “tweeted” on Twitter:
(go to link for video)

There were even allegations and videos about an explosion near southern California’s strange “inland sea” known as the Salton Sea with accompanying videos (of a nature that to my mind are as suspicious as the alleged event itself).

Now what I suspect, in my high octane speculation of the day, is that this was not a UFO as some have suggested, but a US test of a missile defense system, designed to show Russia (and other interested parties, we’ll get to that shortly) that the US is capable of knocking down missiles.Why would the US military test such a system in such a manner, over US space? Recall that strange missile a few years ago, off the California coast, which many to this day believe to have been a “Chinese demonstration of capability.” With a US launch in similar waters, with a clearly demonstrated antimissile capability, one that indeed may be fairly exotic, one is dealing with a long conversation, one in which the participants are not really conversing in any normal sense, but rather, sending messages in the form of capability demonstrations.

This would place the events in the context of other “message sending,” namely by Russia, when it blacked out NATO communications in Syria. Additionally, as all the excitement was happening over California, China was busy sending messages too (and this seems to have been forgotten by most people talking about the California story), in this article sent by Mr. J.H.:

China Tests Anti-Satellite Missile

Note that the Chinese test occurred two days after the alleged US Trident missile test. Note also the contrails from the Chinese missile test, which seem to imply, as Mr. J.H. suggested when he sent this article to me,  that the Chinese anti-satellite missile has more than the standard amount of manueverability that one would think necessary to shoot down the typical satellite. Indeed, the Chinese missile test makes one wonder if, in fact, satellites are the real targets of such a system, or if in fact the system was designed for a very different, and much more maneuverable sort of target that one might encounter “up there.” If so, then clearly China has demonstrated a capability the equal of anything in the public and openly known US arsenal, if not much more so.

Now to introduce one final element to this story, let us assume we are not playing gunboat diplomacy, but rather, a bidding card game like pitch or bridge, where the partners communicate not only to each other but to their opponents what the relative strengths of their hands are through the process of bidding for the right to be the initiator of the action of play. In such games, where the players reveal their hands through carefully staged hints and suggestions, there are always an even number of players…

… which raises the interesting question in our missile-tests-as-game-of-bridge analogy: who’s the missing fourth player? Who is the real target of these messages, if not the three “players” themselves?

See you on the flip side…

International Court Recognizes The Hawaiian Kingdom as a State

PCA CrawfordThe Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has recently uploaded a Case Repository of current cases and past cases that came before the international court. Listed as one of the past cases that came before the PCA was Lance Larsen v. The Hawaiian Kingdom. The international arbitration began on November 8, 1999 and ended February 5, 2001.

The PCA explicitly recognized the Hawaiian Kingdom as a State and the acting Government as its representative in arbitration proceedings instituted by a Hawaiian subject, Lance Larsen. If the Hawaiian Kingdom did not exist today as a State under international law, and there was no lawful government representing the Hawaiian Kingdom, the case would have never been accepted by the PCA. This is also recognition that the Hawaiian Kingdom was never annexed by the United States, but rather occupied since the Spanish-American War in 1898.

The international court’s explicit recognition of the continued existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom as a State under international law and the acting Government is definitive and removes all doubt of Hawai‘i legal status under international law.

Larsen v. Kingdom

The tribunal concluded in its arbitral award that in order for Lance Larsen to maintain his suit against the acting Government, which he alleged was “in continual violation of its 1849 Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation with the United States of America, and in violation of the principles of international laid down in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969, by allowing the unlawful imposition of American municipal laws over claimant’s person within the territorial jurisdiction of the Hawaiian Kingdom,” he needed the participation of the United States as an indispensable third party because it was the United States that allegedly violated his rights and not the Hawaiian Kingdom. His claim was that the Hawaiian Kingdom was negligent for allowing the imposition of American laws in the Kingdom in violation of the treaties.

The arbitration tribunal was comprised of three highly respected experts in international law, and two the arbitrators, James Crawford and Christopher Greenwood were selected by the United Nations as judges on the ICJ. The United Nations selection is also recognition of the caliber of the arbitrators who served on the Tribunal in the Hawaiian arbitration.

Other international arbitration cases held at the PCA that was similar to the Hawaiian arbitration, being a dispute between a private entity and a State, include, Hulley Enterprises Limited vs. The Russian Federation (2005), Romak S.A. vs. The Republic of Uzbekistan (2006), and TCW, Inc. and Dominican Energy Holdings, L.P. vs. The Dominican Republic (2008).

The PCA was initially limited to arbitration between States, but has since evolved to include private parties against States. A dispute between private parties alone cannot access the PCA without the participation of a State. “Today the PCA provides services for the resolution of disputes involving various combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties.” The United States was not only one of the signatory States to the 1899 Hague Convention, I, that established the international court, but it was also a party to arbitration cases at the PCA, The United States of America v. The United States of Mexico (1902), The United States of America vs. Venezuela (1909), Great Britain vs. The United States of America (1910), and The United States of America vs. The Netherlands (1925). The most recent arbitration at the PCA was The Republic of Ecuador vs. The United States of America (2011).


The PCA is only open to disputes involving international law, which is the reason why a dispute between private parties cannot access the international court. The United Nations Charter created the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1945 and it is housed in the Peace Palace together with the PCA. Unlike the PCA, the ICJ limits its access to disputes between States and not disputes between a private entity and the State.

The PCA was established in 1899 when States from around the world met in The Hague, Netherlands, in order to codify the laws and customs of war, which was already accepted as customary international law. It’s first treaty—Hague Convention, I, established a permanent court of arbitration to be housed at The Hague. “With the object of facilitating an immediate recourse to arbitration for international differences, which it has not been possible to settle by diplomacy, the Signatory Powers undertake to organize a permanent Court of Arbitration (Article 20).”

‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Youth, Readying for Mass Civil Disobedience

Young people from across the country to sweep Washington, D.C. with direct action ‘to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration’

Image from the People’s Climate March in New York City in September 2014. (Photo: Shadia Fayne Wood)

Buoyed by President Barack Obama’s fresh rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, thousands of young people from across the country are preparing to unleash on Monday what they say will be the “largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice.”

Under the Banner of “Our Generation, Our Choice,” the mobilization will sweep Washington, D.C. one year ahead of the 2016 national elections “to demand REAL leadership and make candidates’ agendas work for our movements, and for our future,” according to a group statement.

But the real emphasis, say organizers, will be on grassroots movement-building.

“The choice is clear: politicians are failing to take our country to where it needs to go, so a movement of young people will lead us there,” wrote Yong Jung Cho of, Waleed Shahid of Working Families, Devontae Torriente of Million Hoodies, and Sara Blazevic of the Fossil Fuel Student Divestment Network in a recent statement.

“[P]oliticians continue to throw away billions of dollars incarcerating people, deporting mothers and fathers, and polluting our people and our planet,” the organizers added. “They continue to saddle us with student debt. They aren’t helping create real jobs that can sustain us. They stand by as many of our friends live in daily fear of police and immigration enforcement. And they continue subsidizing polluting fossil fuel companies who destroy the land we live on and the air we breathe.”

“We take action to tell the American people: let’s get it done together,” the statement continued.

“The energy for tomorrow is really high,” Lindsay Meiman, communications coordinator with, told Common Dreams from a nonviolent direct action training in Washington, D.C., attended by 400 people.

The mass actions were organized by the climate groups Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network and; racial justice group Million Hoodies; and immigrant rights group United We Dream. They have garnered support from numerous other organizations, including the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN).

Dallas Goldtooth, U.S. tar sands campaign organizer for IEN, told Common Dreams that the mass action comes at a time when grassroots movements are proving their clout.

“You have the Keystone XL decision, which is victory for a lot of front-line communities along the route that have been fighting this for seven years now,” Goldtooth said. “Look at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Not only was Keystone XL mentioned, but also Black Lives Matter. Those are two grassroots-based movements.”

“As Indigenous communities, often our struggle as organizers is not just about fighting for environmental protections, sacred sights, or water—but really fighting for our survival, for the right to exists as we want to exist, for the right to self-determination,” Goldtooth continued. “I am excited that this is really bringing together all of these different social movements that have been gaining traction over the past few years and demonstrating that they all intersect.”

American Journalist Murdered By Western Ally For Exposing ISIS Ties ~ WeAreChange

Note: Serena’s murder was an obvious shot across-the-bow from the “system” – a warning for reporters to keep their mouths shut. Please share if you would’ve shown the same courage as Serena in standing for the truth. Mahalo!


In this video Luke Rudkowski brings up a very important underreported story of an American Journalist that was murdered for exposing the Turkish government assisting ISIS. This story is a year old and we are making sure no one forgets the name Serena Shim. Obviously this story hits home since Serna was Luke Rudkowski’s age and reported on the same topic of western state’s supporting ISIS.


Support WeAreChange by Subscribing to our channel HERE…

Syrian Refugees (Associated Press Images–Graphic)

Lets put the Paris false flag bombing into perspective. The following are photo’s of the US-Israeli led ISIS invasion of Syria dating back to 2013. If this is how our leaders treat peoples from other nations, this publisher is ashamed to be an American. U.S. leaders have launched nothing but pain, death, suffering and total annihilation of beautiful culture throughout the Middle East. Sacred mosques, temples, historical artifacts, hospitals, schools and the nations infrastructure were intentionally destroyed.

Have we had enough yet? Isn’t it time we arrest the criminal, war mongering psychopaths and try them for treason and wars against humanity? Hanging seems tame compared to the evil they unleashed on the world…

And what’s wrong with America’s Muslim haters, most of whom are direct descendants of European immigrants?

Where are war refugee’s supposed to live after we destroyed everything that supports life in their homeland? Do people really believe these people are “looking for a free ride”?

Dis-eased minds {face palm, shake head}

Quoting my wise Grandmother: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you….”

The following is an editorial from writer Liz Boltz Ranfeld on the Syrian refugee crisis:

My entire life, I have been taught the story of the Good Samaritan from the Bible. The Good Samaritan helped a beaten, bloodied stranger, even though that stranger was someone he was supposed to perceive as a threat.

The narrative was always the same: Christians help their neighbors. Christians help those who are in need.

I’ve always believed that despite differences between us in political and social and theological issues, my Christian peers and I would all do the same thing: if we saw our neighbor in the street, bloodied and suffering, we would help. We would play the role of the Good Samaritan, and we would do the right thing.

Seeing my fellow Christians speak against helping Syrian refugees has broken that belief for me. I no longer believe that all of us would help a broken person in the street, because we are choosing not to. Right now. We are choosing not to help.

By saying, “You can’t come here,” we are saying to our dying neighbor, “We’d rather leave you for dead.”

What if the Good Samaritan had said, “I can’t help that person! He doesn’t believe in the same God as I do!”

Or if the Good Samaritan had said, “What if he has a knife?! I can’t help him!”

Or if the Good Samaritan had said, “I have to protect myself first.”

That is what we are saying when we say the refugees cannot come here, despite the rigorous checks we would subject them to, despite the numerous Biblical commands to care for the “foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.”

I know there is nothing I can do to convince the people who have made up their minds that Syrian refugees are a threat, so this is what I’m going to do: every time I see someone make a comment about the dangers of refugees, or the fact that we should protect ourselves, or a comment about sending them back to their own country, or a remark about how Islam is a violent religion, I’m going to reply by sharing one of these photos. No arguing. Just the humanity in these faces, and the destruction in these images.

I would love to see others do the same.

Let’s make people look at the horror that ISIS has caused for these human beings. Let’s not let them forget.

God have mercy.

Liz Boltz Ranfeld (Writer)

Syrian refugees wait on the tracks near the railway station of Idomeni, northern Greece, to cross the border and enter Macedonia, Monday Aug. 24, 2015. Greece has been overwhelmed this year by record numbers of migrants who have been arriving on a number of Greek islands.(AP Photo/Santi Palacios)



In this photo provided on Friday Feb. 15, 2013 by World Press Photo, the 1st prize General News Single by Rodrigo Abd, Argentina, for The Associated Press, Aida cries while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army. Her husband and two children were fatally wounded during the shelling in Idib, north Syria, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)


(Photo: RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS – AFP IS USING PICTURES FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES AS IT WAS NOT AUTHORISED TO COVER THIS E A handout image released by the Syrian opposition’s Shaam News Network on July 25, 2013, allegedly shows the Khaled bin Walid mosque whose mausoleum has been partially destroyed in the al-Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. Syrian army shelling destroyed the centuries-old mausoleum a monitoring group and activists said on July 22. Reports of the destruction of the Sunni Muslim pilgrimage site emerged as an intense army campaign to reclaim rebel-held areas of Homs, a strategic junction city, entered its fourth week. AFP PHOTO/HO/SHAAM NEWS NETWORK == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS – AFP IS USING PICTURES FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES AS IT WAS NOT AUTHORISED TO COVER THIS EVENT, THEREFORE IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE’S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED ==-/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin to G20: Stop Funding ISIS! – #NewWorldNextWeek ~ Corbett Report

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode:

Story 1: Putin Calls Out G20 Nations For Funding ISIS
33 ISIS Members Killed In Airstrikes
The Paris Terror Attacks: An Open Source Investigation

Story 2: After Paris Attacks, Encrypted Communication Is Back In Spotlight
NY Times Pulls Report Of French Officials’ Claims Paris Attackers Used Encrypted Apps
After Paris Attack: “The Enemies Of Encryption Have Their Knives Drawn.”
France Deploys 10,000 Troops To Patrol Streets In Wake Of Paris Attacks
Mission Accomplished: After Paris, Americans Want US To Attack ISIS
You Know You’re In Trouble When TV Makes New Graphics For “___ Under Attack”

Story 3: #GoodNewsNextWeek – The Disintegration Of The European Project
What Is The Schengen Area – And What Could Happen To It Now?
Why Whistleblowers Can’t Be Blamed For Paris Attacks
US Mass Surveillance Never Prevented Large Terror Attacks

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates: So… Nigerian Flags All Around Then?
Boko Haram Ranked Ahead Of ISIS For Deadliest Terror Group
German ‘Triple Agent’ Admits Spying For CIA
Red Cross Accuses U.S.-Backed Saudis Of Deliberately Attacking Health Care Facilities In Yemen
‘Alarm’ As Patients Shun Flu Jab

Visit to get previous episodes in various formats to download and share.

Submit articles and links by using #NewWorldNextWeek and #GoodNewsNextWeek. And as always, stay up-to-date by subscribing to the New World Next Week RSS feed or iTunes feed. Thank you.

Previous Episode: Town Moves Offshore to Avoid Taxes

Harvey Proctor Accuses Police Of ‘Witch-Hunt’

Harvey Proctor has addressed the media to reject suggestions he was involved in a child abuse network.

18:03, UK, Tuesday 25 August 2015

Harvey Proctor addresses child sexual abuse claims made against him

Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has accused police of engaging in a “homosexual witch-hunt” in their pursuit of him over child sexual abuse claims.

Mr Proctor has taken the unusual step of publicly detailing the allegations that have been made against him, including claims of torture, murder and that he was connected to a child abuse network that operated in Westminster.

Addressing the media on Tuesday afternoon, he described the claims as “the worst allegations anyone can make against another person”, adding: “I am completely innocent”.

“I’m a homosexual. I’m not a murderer, a paedophile or a pederast.”

Keith Harvey Proctor Former Tory Mp For Basildon From 1979 To 1983 And For Billericay From 1983 To 1987. He Resigned The Conservative Whip And In 1988 Opened Two Shops Selling Luxury Shirts Called 'proctors' In 2000 Proctor's Stores Were Forced In

Mr Proctor says the claims are ‘totally far-fetched’

His decision to go public with the allegations comes a day after his second interview with Metropolitan Police detectives who are investigating claims of sexual abuse and three alleged murders in the 1970s and 80s.

Their inquiry, Operation Midland, is examining allegations against several high-profile figures and centres on claims that children were sexually abused at properties in Dolphin Square near Westminster and at other locations in London and the Home Counties.

Earlier this year detectives at Scotland Yard explained that one of their main witnesses known only as ‘Nick’ was “credible and true”.

Mr Proctor attacked the Met’s statement saying: “This remark is very prejudicial to the police inquiry and its outcome. It is not justice.”

He said Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald should resign or be sacked. He also called for Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe to resign.

The Metropolitan Police declined to comment on Mr Proctor’s statement.

In March detectives raided a series of properties linked to potential suspects, including Mr Proctor’s home on the Belvoir Castle estate in the East Midlands.

But Mr Proctor says the police investigation has been “bungled” and he has grown increasingly concerned about the “administration of justice”.

“Paranoid police have pursued a homosexual witch-hunt on this issue, egged on by a motley crew of certain sections of the media and press and a number of Labour Members of Parliament and a ratbag of internet fantasists,” he said, adding that police have abused their “power and authority”.

Mr Proctor represented the Basildon constituency in Essex from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay from 1983 to 1987.

He left the Commons after pleading guilty to acts of gross indecency.

Mr Proctor has stressed his guilty pleas related to homosexual activity with men who he believed to be above the age of consent of 21 that existed at the time, and who were older than the current age of consent of 16.

Mexico Rules Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis is a Fundamental Human Right

Mexico Cannabis-1Marco Torres, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

The world is slowly but surely turning the page on one of the most fundamental rights we have on this Earth–the right to consume, cultivate and possess a plant. That right has been stripped away from many populations globally for decades. Days after voters in the US state of Ohio rejected a proposal to legalise cannabis for recreational use, Mexico has ruled that pot, whether smoking, consuming or cultivating is a fundamental human right.

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by 4 to 1 that banning the consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use violates the human right to free development of one’s personality.

“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons,” says Hannah Hetzer of the US Drug Policy Alliance, which campaigns for the relaxation of drug laws. “First, it’s being argued on human-rights grounds, and secondly, it’s taking place in one of the countries that has suffered most from the war on drugs,” she says.

Cannabis reached the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, arriving in the southwest from Mexico, as immigrants fled the country during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911. The cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, can be traced back at least 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops.However, modern humans have found it acceptable to prohibit the use of one of the most therapeutic plants in the world based on mostly political reasons.

A federal law called the Marijuana Tax Act banned its use and sales in 1937. Prior to 1937 in the United States (and 1928 in the United Kingdom), cannabis had enjoyed a 5,000 year run as a therapeutic plant with no history of illegality.

Four US states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — have legalised the personal use of cannabis and Canada is expected to follow suit. More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana. It’s a far cry from initiatives in 2011 when the federal government decreed that marijuana had no accepted medical use use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin.

We now know that accepting and promoting the powerful health benefits of marijuana would instantly cut huge profits geared towards cancer treatment and the U.S. would have to admit it imprisons the population for no cause. Nearly half of all drug arrests in the United States are for marijuana.

Bills to legalise cannabis for medical use are under debate in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. The world is moving towards it’s inhabitants finally be able to once again possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant.

Several other countries have moved towards more lenient laws on cannabis use, but none have done so solely on the basis of human rights. Most, like Ireland, which in early November moved towards legalising supervised heroin use and possible decriminalisation of other drugs, have cited health, compassionate and economic grounds.

“We’re seeing a new rationality in relation to drug laws,” says David Nutt of Imperial College London, who is a former UK government adviser on drugs. “At last some countries have the courage to admit that the ‘war on drugs’ is futile and does more harm than good.”


1. Cancer

Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals, and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

2. Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts.

Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.

3. Seizures

Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

4. Migraines

Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.

5. Glaucoma

Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients.

6. Multiple Sclerosis

Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

7. ADD and ADHD

A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s

Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. Alzheimer’s

Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome

Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.

About the Author

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.


Hawaii Supreme Court issues order temporarily preventing TMT construction

Posted: Nov 17, 2015 4:38 PM HST Updated: Nov 17, 2015 5:20 PM HST

Rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope

Rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued an order that will temporarily prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.

The court said, in an order issued Tuesday afternoon, that “the permits and ruling that allow construction … are stayed pending the court’s final decision on the appeal.”

The court was responding to a plea from telescope opponents who argued that the telescope company and the state were disrespecting the Hawaii Supreme Court, which heard arguments on their lawsuit only three months ago but has not yet ruled on the case.

The court issued a “stay” of the permits and state Land Board decision that allow construction to begin.

A spokeman for the TMT said he had not yet heard from attorneys for the project. The order expires in about two weeks — on December 2 — or unless the Supreme Court issues another order.

One opponent of the project, Kealoha Pisciotta, said she was glad that the court has stepped in to avoid unnecessary conflict.

The order comes the day before Thirty Meter Telescope construction crews were scheduled to return to Mauna Kea to work on equipment that has sat idle for the last seven months, since crews were blocked from reaching the construction site by more than 750 protesters.

Opponents of the project say it desecrates a sacred Native Hawaiian place.

Read the petition for a stay

Ursula Haverbeck to serve 10 months in jail for sedition

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2015-11-12 12:38

Ursula Haverbeck attending court in Hamburg on November 12, 2015 to defend herself for saying what she believes is the truth.

Deutschland is a land of insanity.

A peaceful, non-violent 87-year old woman who is beautiful inside and out is found guilty of an unconstitutional “law” that prohibits free expression of belief on one historical subject. This unconstitutional “law” originates from the loss of the world war in 1945 and the intention of the winning side to impose their own war narrative onto history and also take complete control of the nation that had fought to the end for a more just world order.

Ursula Haverbeck (87) is sentenced to 10 months in jail for “sedition.” She is accused of an interview that she gave to the NDR magazine Panorama in April 2015 saying Auschwitz was not an extermination but a labor camp, and no mass murder of Jews had taken place there.

Ursula entered the courtroom carrying a bouquet of flowers presented to her by Riegolf Hennig, one of her many supporters who gathered outside and inside of the auditorium.  She came  without a lawyer and is defending herself.

“From this position, I will not move,” she explained to the judge, and said to the prosecutor: “How do you as a lawyer explain the justification that Auschwitz was an extermination camp?”

She said that Paragraph 130, which makes “denial of the Holocaust” punishable, was a “law to maintain a lie.”

Magistrate Jönsson, visibly struggling to not lose his temper, could only say: “It is futile to argue with people who do not accept the facts.” [He means the faith, not facts] As Frau Haverbeck continues to point to the judge’s table of missing evidence for the gassing of millions of people, the judge gets hot under the collar and bursts out: “I also need not prove that the earth is round!”

Finally, Ursula Haverbeck insists that she can not be convicted again for the same offense. She already has two fines and a suspended sentence for sedition in the Federal Registry.

The judge replies dryly: “A thief who always steals the same thing is also punished over again.”

The prosecutor, determining that the defendant has a “fanatical delusion” that she will not change, calls for 10 months in prison without parole. The judge follows the request. “It is unfortunate that a woman who is still so vibrant for her age wastes her energy to spread a hair-raising nonsense,” he says.

Outside of the court, Ursula Haverbeck is received with the cheers and applause of her followers, who state that they “naturally” do not accept the verdict.–87-,5067140,32399414.html

Also see:

Two Videos:     and

Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy under Arrest of £35m cocaine smuggling


A judge ordered two mobile phones belonging to Nicolas Sarkozy to be examined in relation to a £35million cocaine smuggling scandal, it has been revealed today.

The former French president’s name appears in court papers about an attempt to fly 680kg of the drug out of the Dominican Republic.

Two French pilots involved in the case dubbed ‘Air Cocaine’ made a ‘James Bond-style’ escape from the country last week, leading to accusations that politicians in their own country were involved in setting them free.

Now Instructing Judge Christine Saunier-Ruellan, who is based in Marseille, has confirmed she called for technical data about 60-year-old Mr Sarkozy’s phones to be investigated.

It included ‘details of telephone lines used by Nicolas Sarkozy and his entourage in the period March 2013 and March 2014′.

The judge also wanted ‘detailed bills’ and ‘geolocalisation for the months of March and April 2013’, according to papers obtained by the Journal du Dimanche.

Geolocalisation involves examining phone data to work out exactly where a user is at a particular time.

While the data did not establish any link between Mr Sarkozy and drugs smuggling, he is known to have used the Dassault Falcon 50 jet found with the cocaine on board at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, on March 19 2013.

Mr Sarkozy was on the plane at least three times between December 2012 and February 2013, for flights from Paris to Bordeaux where he was being questioned over a separate corruption scandal.

Invoices were made out to the LOV Group, a finance company focusing on sectors including online gambling and luxury hotels.

LOV is owned by the multi-millionaire businessman Stephane Courbit, a close personal friend of Mr Sarkozy and his third wife, the former supermodel Carla Bruni.

A total of 10 bills related to use of the Dassault Falcon 50 have made out to the LOV Group, including the three linked to Mr Sarkozy.

French pilots Pascal Fauret, 55, and Bruno Odos, 56, were handed two decades jail sentences earlier this year by judges in Santo Domingo.

The pair was first arrested along with two other men in 2013 as they prepared to set off from the resort of Punta Cana.

Police searched their Falcon jet and found 26 suitcases carrying the 680 kilos of cocaine, with a street value of around £35million.

Fauret and Odos pleaded their innocence, saying the drugs must have been planted without them knowing.

Both men were placed under judicial supervision, meaning they could not leave the Caribbean island.

But their barrister, Jean Reinhart, confirmed the two men were at property near Lyon and ‘at the disposition of French justice’.

The men disguised themselves as tourists and booked onto a tourist cruise while waiting for their appeal to be heard.

In a saga straight out of a James Bond spy film, they were ‘assisted’ by an unnamed politician, and former naval intelligence officers, according to French media reports.

A French foreign ministry source meanwhile insisted that the escape from justice ‘had nothing to do with us’.

Four men from the Dominican Republic have been jailed for between five and 10 years for the same crime of trying to export cocaine with the Frenchmen.

The Paris home Mr Sarkozy shares with his wife was raided by anti-corruption police within days of him losing his presidential immunity against prosecution in 2012.

Since then Mr Sarkozy has faced numerous enquiries, but denies any wrongdoing. He believes he is still popular enough to be re-elected French president in 2017.





The Co-Founder of RT News, Has Died in Washington D.C.

Ed. Note: The PTW are going at each other behind the Wizards Curtain like rats on a sinking ship…everyone visualize PEACE, eyes wide-open, no fear. Please share…

Have a magical week…Mahalo!

President Vladimir Putin with Former Russian Press Adviser, Mikhail Lesin, Reuters

WASHINGTON DC — A Russian embassy official confirmed on Friday, media mogul and former Russian Press Minister Mikhail Lesin, 57, died in Washington D.C.

Thursday, the Washington based Russian Embassy was notified that a citizen had died, prompting an ongoing investigation involving both American and Russian authorities. By the following day, a spokesperson for the Embassy confirmed that the national was indeed Lesin, but this is the only information currently being given to the public.

Our consular officials had an opportunity to confirm that the Russian national who passed away in DC is indeed Mikhail Lesin. Out of respect to the privacy and sensitivity of the matter we are not at liberty to disclose any other information, and would ask you to refer all further requests to his family and the law enforcement officials,”

ABC News, the Daily Beast and the Washington Post were among some news outlets falsely reporting that Mikhail Lesin had been found in the Dupont Circle Hotel, despite no information pertaining to the location of Lesin’s death being released.

Lesin’s family reportedly told RIA Novosti that the cause of death was due to heart stroke.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also expressed his condolences to the Lesin family, with Mikhail Lesin having been an adviser to Putin from 2004 to 2009.

Mikhail Lesin is accredited with co-founding the Russian government backed news organization, RT News in 2005 – while also being accused of restricting freedom of press. Lesin was appointed head of Russia’s largest media conglomerate, Gozprom-Media in 2013, to only resign December 2014 due to “family reasons“.

In December of 2014, the Department of Justice was considering opening an investigation concerning Lesin’s acquisition of $28 million dollars in L.A. property, as well as “multi million dollar” European assets.

RT News hasn’t responded to any inquiries related to Mikhail Lesin’s death.

What Picture Is Being Painted Here?

Luke Rudkowski‘s recent video reveals the truth about the tragic Russian jetliner crash in Egypt. In doing so, it’s revealed that the nature of relations between the ‘west’ and Russia have entered a tense, unpredictable zone.

A proxy-war between the United States and Russia escalated a long time ago and constant sabre rattling between the two super-powers hasn’t improved relations. What is going on behind the scenes is something very different as opposed to what we’ve been lead to believe.

We Are Change will not speculate or ask questions concerning the complete nature of this event at this time; but an open-mind and proper discernment may bring a startling truth to light, in the near-future.

By Alec Cope

We Are Change

‘The Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,716 other followers

%d bloggers like this: